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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

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Do roses smell sweet? Do Millennials stop to smell the flowers anymore? With the fast-paced lifestyle most people have come to live, it’s a wonder anyone can still recite Shakespeare at all.

With his birthday just passing and his demise coming up (May 3rd), DK Canada has re-worded the poetic words that flowed from Shakespeare’s quill (writing utensils for those who don’t know) all those years ago. Famous lines from his many writing pieces were pulled and interpreted based on how a Millennial would view the phrases today.

A pair of star-crossed lovers” – Yes a line from a TSwift song, but originally from Romeo & Juliet can be condensed to the familiar phrase of “BAE”; “The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” from Hamlet can be simply described as “I can’t even”; a line taken from one of his sonnets, “I scorn to change my state with kings’” – a common hashtag and feeling, “the struggle is real”.

As social media and the world of online connections continue to grow, the value that words once held has shifted. Millennials have become focused on abbreviations, quick responses and not having to decipher communication. Are we moving too fast in this world that we sometimes forget the essence of poetry and really understanding context? I guess at the end of the day, it is all words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.

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